Talk:Party leaders of the United States Senate

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Merge[edit]

Proposal: I suggest merging this article with United States Senate Minority Leader and List of Majority and Minority Leaders of the United States Senate and renaming it United States Senate floor leader (or some name like that).

Reason: The chart in List of Majority and Minority Leaders of the United States Senate is really good and would look good when all the articles were combined. Three articles seems superfluous. They can duplicate unnecessarily, too. —Markles 15:43, 18 February 2006 (UTC)

Support - Though, while it may be long, I think United States Senate Majority and Minority Leaders would work better than United States Senate Floor Leaders simply because I don't think "floor leader" is a widely used term. ayayayPolitical Lefty 05:32, 19 February 2006 (UTC)

Suggestion: I think the page should be called "Senate Floor Leaders" or "Senate Leaders" so instead of just listing majority and minority leaders, we could also list Whips and the President Pro Tempore. This would even more help reducing duplications, and make it easier to find.

  • Support per anonymous user's suggestion. I think combining all leaders is a good idea. —Markles 00:22, 28 May 2007 (UTC)

Suggestion: I suggest that if the Minority and Majority Leaders' pages must be merged, there should be more information on the Minority Leader, as it is sorely lacking on the current page.


Oppose: Floor Leader refers to more than just the U.S. Senate. It can also refer to the U.S. House, and legislative houses in other jurisdictions.—Markles 11:28, 30 September 2006 (UTC)

Late 2002[edit]

How was it that Tom Daschle remained majority leader until January 2003? When in November 2002 Democratic Senators Paul Wellstone and Jean Carnahan were replaced with an independent and a Republican respectively.

I don't know which party Dean Barkley caucused with, but surely Jim Talent's entry alone would have been enough to tip control to the GOP. Without waiting for the expiration of the lame duck period. Dlw22 08:42, 31 July 2006 (UTC)

Very good point. As the Senate.gov website states,

Senator Paul D. Wellstone (D-MN) died on October 25, 2002, and Independent Dean Barkley was appointed to fill the vacancy. The November 5, 2002 election brought to office elected Senator James Talent (R-MO), replacing appointed Senator Jean Carnahan (D-MO), shifting balance once again to the Republicans -- but no reorganization was completed at that time since the Senate was out of session.

I've tried to incorporate this information now into this article and into 107th United States Congress#Party summary.—Markles 19:57, 31 July 2006 (UTC)
How is it that Sen. Daschle's service from June 6 2001 to January 3 2003 is divided into 3 seperate date blocks? This is a confusing factor that should be noted in the article - the purpose of the table is to list leaders and their times in service. Throughout the table, regardless of changes, the only divider is time served in congress or a change of leadership - Daschle is the Maj. Leader during the same congress and yet appears 3 times? A note is better than an appearance on the table here. Comments? I would like to correct this ASAP, as it is very confusing (as I said) Sahrin 01:02, 20 July 2007 (UTC)

Ernest McFarland[edit]

What's happened to Ernest McFarland, who was majority leader from 1951 to 1953? john k (talk) 15:43, 27 April 2008 (UTC)

Yes. And what's happened to Styles Bridges as well? Darth Kalwejt (talk) 23:24, 9 May 2008 (UTC)

History[edit]

At the conclusion of the "History" section there was this incomplete sentence: "As an example, it is said that former Senator"

I don't know if it was made incomplete due to an earlier edit, or if the original contributer just didn't finish his thought.Vingold (talk) 12:37, 13 May 2008 (UTC)

I'm interested in how Oscar Underwood is not also "unofficial", as was his counterpart, Henry Cabot Lodge.Mk5384 (talk) 11:34, 18 July 2010 (UTC)

Infoboxes for assistant leaders[edit]

Why are the infoboxes for the Assistant Majority and Minority Leaders titled "Majority Whip" and "Minority Whip" if those are not the official titles? Erier2003 (talk) 21:41, 6 October 2013 (UTC)

  • Because it's the informal title. You can change it.—GoldRingChip 12:13, 7 October 2013 (UTC)

Ambiguous Wording[edit]

"The Democrats began the practice of electing floor leaders in 1920 while they were in the minority. John Worth Kern (December 20, 1849 – August 17, 1917) was a Democratic United States Senator from Indiana. While the title was not official, he is considered to be the first Senate Majority leader (and in turn, the first Senate Democratic Leader), while serving concurrently as Chairman of the Senate Democratic Caucus."

This paragraph seems to suggest that John Worth Kern should have been the first Senate Minority leader as the Democrats first started electing floor leaders while in the minority. Am I missing something? 199.188.194.110 (talk) 18:58, 11 January 2014 (UTC)